Eight deceased in a patera rescued in the south of Gran Canaria

  • Three other people were evacuated to the Doctor Negrín hospital and nine more received medical attention

  • In a second boat there were 35 men, a woman and a minor who were found in good health.

Maritime Salvage rescued last night a patera to the south of the island of Gran Canaria in which around 62 migrants were traveling, eight of whom had died during the journey and three others who had to be evacuated to the Doctor Negrín University Hospital, according to sources from the public body and the Coordinating Center for Emergencies and Security (Cecoes) 112 have informed Europa Press.

About 6:00 p.m. a sailboat reported to the Maritime Rescue Control Center in Las Palmas that it had sighted a dinghy 40 miles south of Gran Canaria, for which the guard ‘Poliminia’ was mobilized, which was immediately sent to the area. Apparently the boat had been adrift for a week. A ship that was in the place informed Salvamento Marítimo that it had located the patera, remaining by its side until the guard ‘Poliminia’ arrived at its position, around 9:10 p.m.

The guardamar proceeded to rescue the people on board, all males of Maghreb origin, including eight deceased. It also reported that tThree people were in poor health, so they were evacuated by Helimer 204 to the Docto Negrín Hospital, one of them stopped and the other two with severe hypothermia. The others were taken to the Arguineguín pier and after being assessed by the emergency device, nine required medical assistance.

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On the other hand, around 9:00 p.m. the Civil Guard informed the Maritime Rescue Control Center in Las Palmas of a suspicious echo, a possible patera, about eight miles from the Maspalomas lighthouse (Gran Canaria), so the ‘Macondo ‘was sent to the area, locating a patera with 36 migrants, including a woman and a minor, all of Maghreb origin and in good health. After completing the rescue, they were disembarked at around 11:40 p.m. in Arguineguín.


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